Ditz, from the series Woman Words, by Betty Tompkins. From an online exhibit at Dinter Fine Art, on view through December. (Image courtesy of the artists and Dinter Fine Art.)
- NYC: Queens International 2013, at the newly-remodeled Queens Museum of Art. Opens Saturday, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
- NYC: Bruce Nauman, Some Illusions: Videos and Drawings, at Sperone Westwater. Opens Thursday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Albert Hoffman, at Andrew Edlin Gallery. Through December 7, in Chelsea.
- NYC: The Ceiling Should Be Green, at P!. Opens Friday in SoHo.
- NYC: VIBE: A Pop-Up Show, with Carla Gannis, Joy Garnett, Paul Loughney and Michael Rees, at Suite 303. Opens this Friday at 6pm, for 24 hours, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Shak-Tea Party, co-hosted by Go! Push Pops and A Feminist Tea Party. This Sunday at 3pm, in Bushwick.
- NYC: A book party for Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, at the Silent Barn. Today at 7pm, in Bushwick.
- L.A.: Ruben Ochoa, Dislocated Masses, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Lari Pittman, From A Late Western Impaerium, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Hollywood.
- L.A.: Eric White, All of This Has Not Occurred, at Martha Otero Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in West Hollywood.
- L.A.: neverhitsend and C.R.A.S.H. record release, at 356 Mission. Opens Saturday, at 7pm, in Boyle Heights.
- L.A.: Inglewood Open Studios. This Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm, in locations around Inglewood.
- Online: The Wrong Biennale of New Media Art, displaying in various locations and online (originating in São Paulo). Through December 31st.
- Plus: Don’t miss this moving video piece about Tony Feher on ArtInfo (which includes footage of a piece in which he paints an empty lot pink — looks pretty awesome). His show is currently up at the Bronx Museum.
Who’s on Third?, by Llyn Foulkes, 1971–73. Part of the artist’s retrospective, Llyn Foulkes, at the New Museum. Opens today, on the Lower East Side. This is a bangin’ show, people. Go see it. And listen to my NPR profile of Foulkes while you’re at it. Or, better yet, if you want to see the artist in person, he is giving a talk on Thursday at 7:30pm. (Courtesy John Jones Collection and the New Museum.)
- L.A.: Richard Artschwager! at the Hammer Museum. Opens Saturday, in Westwood.
- NYC: Bienal 2013: This is Where We Jump, at El Museo del Barrio. Opens today, in East Harlem.
- NYC: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, at the Society of Illustrators. Through August 17, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Pancho Westendarp, Victoria Burge and Tom Kotik, Time Times Three, at Robert Henry Ceontemporary. Opens Thursday, in Bushwick.
- NYC: Lorna Mills, The Axis of Something, at Transfer Gallery. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick.
- Pittsburgh: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, S/HE IS HER/E, at the Warhol Museum. Opens Saturday.
- Northampton, Mass.: Summer of Love: Psychedelic Posters from SCMA, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
- Berlin: Clemens Behr, Splitter, at Gestalten. Opens Thursday at 6pm.
A painting by Zak Smith. From the artist’s solo exhibit, Maximum Everything Always, at Fredericks & Freiser in New York. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. (Image courtesy of the artist and Fredericks & Freiser.)
- NYC: I, YOU, WE, at the Whitney Museum. Through September 1st. (This show is totally bangin’. GO SEE IT.)
- NYC: Anselm Kiefer: The Morgenthau Project, at Gagosian Gallery on 21st Street. Through June 8, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Nearby, a group show with Debra Bermingham, Michael Cline, Siobhan McBride, and Dushko Petrovich, at DC Moore Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: James Esber, Fourteen Drawings and One Painting Perpetually Shown, at Pierogi. Through May 26, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Kim Dorland, Ghosts of You and Me, at Mike Weiss Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Garrett Pruter, Interiors, at Charles Bank Gallery. Through May 26, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Sofia Maldonado, Into Gray, at Magnan Metz. Through June 1, in Chelsea.
- NYC: The Vibrant Future of the Creative Economy: Real World Value and Arts Thinking, part of the Ideas City Festival, at Old School. This Friday from 11am-5pm, in SoHo.
- St. Louis: Bad at Sports, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Through Sunday.
- Portland, Ore.: Tools Folds Flight at Ampersand Gallery. Through May 26.
- L.A.: William Powhida, Bill by Bill, at Charlie James Gallery. Through June 8, in Chinatown.
- Pasadena: Beyond Brancusi: The Space of Sculpture, at the Norton Simon Museum. Through January 6.
From top: Rolling Thunder (Night for Day), from 2013; a series of sketches; and Waiting for Dawn, 2011.
LAST CHANCE: There is an absolutely stunning show of paintings by Susanna Heller on view at Magnan Metz in Chelsea. The show includes her signature brooding landscapes, but there are also a couple of walls of sketches (worth examining) as well as a suite of works that chronicle her husband’s illness. In these latter pieces, I almost felt as if I could smell the rubbing alcohol and hear the blip of the heart monitor. The machinery in these images seems to have a disconcerting life of its own. I simply couldn’t look away.
The works are absolutely staggering for their intensity, intimacy and visual punch. Do not miss this show.
Susanna Heller, Phantom Pain, is on view at Magnan Metz through this Saturday, April 20.
Sandy Says So, 2012, by Lisa Adams. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Second Life, at CB1 Gallery. Opens Sunday at 5pm, in downtown Los Angeles. (Image courtesy of the artist and CB1.)
- Boston: Barry McGee, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Opens Saturday.
- N.J.: New video works by Lee Arnold, at the Montclair Art Museum. Opens today, in Montclair.
- NYC: Spectacle: The Music Video, at the Museum of the Moving Image. Opens today, in Astoria.
- NYC: Gordon Matta-Clark, Above and Below, at David Zwirner. Through May 4, on 19th Street in Chelsea.
- NYC: Elliott Hundley, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Through April 27, in Chelsea.
- NYC: The Emo Show, at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Through May 11th.
- NYC: Cordy Ryman, Adaptitive Radiation, at Dodge Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Pufferella, Pufferella’s Boudouir, at The Lab. This Saturday, for one day only, starting at 2pm at The Lab at 400 East 9th St, #2B, in the East Village.
- NYC: Critical Language, a forum on International Art English, at Triple Canopy. This Saturday at 4pm, in Greenpoint. (For writer nerds, this looks like a must-do.)
- West Palm Beach: The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, at the Norton Simon Museum of Art. Through June 16.
- S.F.: Christian Marclay, The Clock, at SFMOMA. The museum half a dozen screenings starting tomorrow at 11am (for members only). The first fully public screening will take place on May 4; the last, on June 1.
- L.A.: Marilyn Minter, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Hollywood.
- L.A.: Anna Sew Hoy, Home Office, at Various Small Fires. Opens Saturday, in Venice.
In other news: The Ken Johnson kerfuffle has reared its head again. I’m on deadline, so here’s the short of it: Johnson just penned a piece in Art in America in response to a critique by David Levi-Strauss about his work reviewing shows concerning female and African-American artists. (While I generally agree with some of Levi-Strauss’s points, the whole “my students say this” and “my students say that” set-up of his essay is totally passive aggressive.) Johnson defends his positions in his new essay, and, in response, the white male status quo has taken to Facebook to give the New York Times critic some hearty bro slaps.
While I haven’t been wild about all of the critiques of Johnson’s work (I think the petition could have been more nuanced and Levi-Strauss just needed to strap on a pair and not lay his arguments on his anonymous students), I agree with many of the points being made. Johnson has a real bee in his bonnet about shows built around gender or identity. That is, gender or identity that isn’t white or male.
A lot of the Facebook comments keep going on about how Johnson’s work is being taken out of context and that this is all some sort of witch hunt. It is most certainly not. (The original petition, to be clear, does not call for Johnson’s censure. It merely asks that the New York Times acknowledge and address Johnson’s “editorial lapses.” This could have been done in the Public Editor column, or by running a letter to the editor with a response. The petition’s language is vague. But it is most certainly not calling for Johnson to be fired.)
For the record, I don’t have a problem with all of Johnson’s work. I’ve quite enjoyed some of his reviews in the past. But in the arena of gender and identity, I find him distressingly narrow-minded. I think a close read of the new Art in America essay is evidence of that. And certainly, a close read of some his previous work is, too. I did that the first time around. See my previous essay on the subject.
What bums me out the most in all of this is the artists — the ones who won’t get a nuanced criticism of their work in the New York Times because of who they happen to be.
It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about a gallery show. Henry Taylor at Blum & Poe is definitely one to see if you live in L.A. Stand Tall – Y’all, 2013, above, was one of my favorite pieces in the show. I like the texture of the man’s overalls, the mysterious hand and the unusual scale of the horse.
A view of the plowed earth installation in the main gallery. Taylor’s show is on view through Saturday.
Gravity and Grace, 2010, by El Anatsui. Currently on view as part of the artist’s solo exhibit Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, at the Brooklyn Museum through August 4. (Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Photo by Andrew McAllister.)